There was widespread sadness in Roscommon town and indeed throughout counties Roscommon and Galway recently at news of the death of former publican Tom Lyons. The late Tom Lyons was proprietor of the popular Lyons’ Den pub on the corner of Main Street and Church Street for many years. In his early 80s, Tom had lived in Moycullen in County Galway in recent years.
A genial host and a great character, Tom enjoyed his many years behind the counter in the pub which was a well-known watering hole for GAA and sporting enthusiasts in general.
Tom was very proud of the achievements of all his family. His sons James and Thomas both played for Roscommon Gaels and represented Roscommon, and also starred with Creggs RFC.
The late Tom Lyons, a native of Creggs, Co. Galway, had worked as an agricultural contractor before moving into the pub trade. While he had experienced ill health in recent years, in March 2020 he celebrated his 80th birthday at Roscommon Golf Club, accompanied by family and friends. It was a special night for the big crowd who gathered and Tom himself really enjoyed the occasion.
Those of us who frequented the Lyons’ Den over the years will remember a gentle giant of a man with a great personality. He was great fun and a loyal friend who loved good-humoured conversation and meeting people.
Predeceased by his former wife Ann and his brother Jim, Tom Lyons is mourned by his sons James, Thomas and Shane, daughter Ann Marie, sisters Mary and Nonie, brothers John and Pat, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, and a very large circle of friends.
Tom passed away at Moycullen Nursing Home on Monday, December 13th. Following Funeral Mass on Thursday last, he was laid to rest in Moycullen, Co. Galway.
Tom Lyons will be remembered as one of the truly great characters of Roscommon town. A nicer man you could not meet. Deepest sympathies are extended to his family. May his kind and gentle soul rest in peace.